The Only Thing to Fear

The Only Thing to Fear

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It has been nearly seventy years since Hitler's armies won the war, and sixteen-year-old Zara St. James lives in the Shenandoah hills, part of the Eastern American Territories, under the rule of the Nazis--but a resistance movement is growing, and Zara, who dreams of freedom, may be the key to its success.
Publisher: New York : Scholastic Press, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780545629881
Branch Call Number: RICHMOND C
Characteristics: 280 pages ; 21 cm


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Jul 09, 2018

It was very good to see a different perspective and idea about ww2.

Apr 17, 2018

Somewhat fast paced but gripping alt-history novel where the Axis Powers (Germany, Japan) win WWII and carve up the United States. Fear Itself deals with the East Coast under Nazi rule and has a Hunger Games flavor, with a young female protagonist who becomes the "face" of a revolution. Infamy focuses on Japanese rule of the US west coast (and has a clever "counterpoint" of the Japanese holding Americans in the internment camps formerly used for Japanese persons). The writing style felt a bit flat at times, but otherwise intriguing novels.

Jul 05, 2017

Truly enjoyable, fast-paced read. One of the better teen fiction books I've read.

Jul 05, 2016

this book is about an alternate universe of which Italy, Germany and Japan won world war two and tell a story about Zara a mutant girl who tires to take down the Nazi regime

Aug 10, 2015

My son suggested I read this book. The idea of describing what life could have been like if Germany, Italy and Japan had won World War II was a great one, but I do not like the concept of humans with super powers. I am afraid I did not share my son’s enthusiasm for this book. Interesting, but it could have been better in my opinion. Senior Doctor-at-Bass! D. A.

Aug 10, 2015

I loved Caroline Tung Richmond’s ‘The Only Thing to Fear’ so much that I read it twice. Doctor-at-Bass! Taylor A.

Jun 30, 2015

Great historical fiction book, i throughly enjoyed it

LMcShaneCLE Apr 27, 2015

Premise of this book - what would have happened if Hitler and Nazis succeeded? Would you even recognize the reality of living under a fascist government? Zara is mixed - half English, half Japanese, "Untermensch"- in an America that no longer offers "freedom and equality" - she offers the rebel group Alliance a strategy for revolution.

LibraryK8 Mar 20, 2015

This was an interesting and unique take on the dystopian trend. I found the plot refreshing, and I loved the fake history of how the Axis Powers won the war, spitting America between Nazi and Japanese control. Some might find Zara's special powers detracting, but the author does a good job of weaving them into the story and making them feel natural (at least as natural as controlling the wind can feel). Anyone looking for a fast, action-packed read will enjoy this story with equal dashes of mystery, intrigue, heroism and romance.


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LibraryK8 Mar 20, 2015

Eighty years after German super-soldiers crushed the Allied forces in World War II, Zara works as a maid at a Nazi cadet academy in the Easter American Territories. Zara can't escape the Nazi's constant obsession with the Aryan ideal, with a Japanese father and American mother she doesn't fit in with the occupying forces. Although she can't hide her lineage she can hide another genetic gift from her father, the ability to control wind. If the Fuhrer knew about her ability, she would be eradicated.

Hiding in the shadows, Zara longs to join the Resistance, and push the Nazi's out of her country. Her mother died for the Resistance's cause, and her over-protective uncle thwarts her attempts to get involved. What another uprising goes amiss, Zara and her abilities are the only weapon the Resistance can rely on. Zara goes from being kept on the outside, to being the center of a plot to assassinate the Fuhrer.


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